There is a lack of data regarding RNs in this country. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and the Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers aim to fill that void with with a nation-wide survey beginning this month. They are hoping the information gathered will aid in the efforts to cope with the coming shortfall of RNs around the country.
There are two major changes that are prompting this study. First, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act means that 30 million more patients will be seeking healthcare in the years to come according to the NCSBN. Secondly, as the elderly population grows in number and in proportion to the rest of the population, there will be an increased demand for nurses. Information in this study will be crucial in helping predict nursing shortages, allocating resources, as well as recruitment and education efforts.
The American Nursing Association is onboard, and encourages those chosen to participate in this confidential survey. So check your mail for the survey, you’re answers could have a hand in shaping the future of healthcare.
Source: American Nurses Association